Texturing Clay




About: I am a teacher outside of Boston and I love making cool stuff! Any prizes I'm lucky enough to win will go directly to my classroom (when appropriate) where I teach 6-12th grade English & Social Studies (...

Texturing clay (any kind of clay) can be done cheap and easy using materials found around the house! This Instructible uses extremely old modeling clay to demonstrate.

Step 1: BoM


Misc. tools/materials around the house

Step 2: Floss

Create even tracks using floss. How deep the tracks are depends on how much pressure you use when putting the floss to the clay. Floss is also good for cutting clay (not canes).

Step 3: Staples

Both sides of a row of staples can be used to imprint on clay and still be usable for stapling later on :)

Step 4: Bottle Caps

Bottle caps, plastic or metal, make great designs and texture in clay. They can also be used over and over!

Step 5: Hardware

Hardware, such as screws and nails, also make some fantastic patterns. Just press the head of your nail or roll the body of the screw onto the clay and you're good to go.

Step 6: Buttons & Embellishments

Buttons, 3D stickers, stick-on jewels etc. make great texture tools!

Step 7: Paper Clips

Paper clips can be used as is or straightened out and twisted into your own designs!

Step 8: Writing Tools

Marker caps also make great textures. The first picture is two examples using both the body of a marker cap and the top of the cap to make designs. These might be my favorite. The top impression is great for steampunk designs.

The second two pictures are textures and designs all using different parts of a mechanical pencil.



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    4 Discussions


    2 years ago

    How did you get accepted into the metal contest?

    1 reply
    Cats Dragon

    2 years ago

    I love all of your ideas and will be trying them out. Thank you!

    1 reply